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York Cold War Bunker

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
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Description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a...
Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Summer opening (April - October): Wednesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays, between 10am and 6pm. Entrance by guided tour only, at the following times: 10:00, 11:15. 11:45, 13:00, 14:15, 15:30, 17:00.
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Excellent demonstration of the Cold War era

Run by English Heritage, the York Cold War Bunker can only be accessed by guided tour. These are run regularly throughout the day. Our tour guide (Jeremy I think his name was) was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Run by English Heritage, the York Cold War Bunker can only be accessed by guided tour. These are run regularly throughout the day. Our tour guide (Jeremy I think his name was) was excellent, gave a brief overview of the Cold War, it's effect on Britain, and an in depth description of the York Bunker. Various areas of the bunker... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a English Heritage attraction, a perfectly preserved cold war bunker in a suburb of York. The tours are guided in a light hearted and very engaging way by the staff and tell how the bunker was set to measure N Yorks nuclear bomb hits and relay information. The mixture of sturdy engineering and Heath Robinson style technology is... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

For myself this tour was really interesting. Our tour guide Jake was very helpful if you had any questions about the Cold War or the bunker itself. We had a young child aged 3. There was a part of the tour which she had to be taken out due to some disturbing images which she wouldn't have liked. Jake took... More 

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Colne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Really interesting and different loved the staff humour . Make sure you book to avoid not getting in .

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A brilliant tour of a more recent piece of history. Thank God the bunker didn't need to be put into use. Our guide, Jake, knew his stuff and shared the chilling story of how the Royal Observer Corps were on standby, and fully trained, from 1961 to 1991, to monitor nuclear fallout in Yorkshire from the semi-subterranean bunker during the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We visited this English heritage site with two children aged 6 and 9. We were slightly concerned that the kids might find it a bit boring, but they loved it. Our tour guide Jake was really brilliant. The perfect blend of informative and still entertaining, and he was very good with the boys. The bunker itself is a fascinating insight... More 

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RachaelBowers, Manager at York Cold War Bunker, responded to this review

Hi Ian, Thank you for your review. I'm glad that all the family enjoyed it. Obviously with such a delicate topic, our tour guides take extra care to relate it to children in a way that is appropriate and that they can understand, and of course is still enjoyable. Thanks for your kind words about our staff, I'll be sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Was lucky enough to be just my husband and i on the tour. Was shown round by ross who was brilliant!!! Place is so easy to get to from York center and so interesting! Ross was brilliant, no script, felt like he had a true passion for the place! Thank u Ross. Highly recommend!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The York Cold War Bunker is the real thing, a bunker in commission from 1961 to 1991 where the civil defence would measure and report on radiation and fall out in the event of a nuclear strike on the UK. Our excellent guide (Ross) was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about sharing this piece of almost unpalatable history. I recommend... More 

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

If you want a trip with a difference, I would highly recommend this site. Our guide was very personable and informative and we enjoyed the 10 minute film that was part of the tour. Make sure that you find out the times of the tours and arrive for a particular tour, as we did, because the gates are only opened... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

As someone who lived through the Cold War this has a special interest. Our tour was very ably lead and we were given a very detailed description of how the bunker would have operated if the UK was to have faced a nuclear attack. If you want to be scared by what could have happened you should give it a... More 

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Address: Monument Close, off Acomb Road, York YO24 4HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 646940
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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